Staffed entirely by DMV–certified instructors, Oregon Driver Education Center has been filling potholes in the knowledge of novice and experienced drivers since 1987. The center's masters of the open road send teens and adults on the path to earning their driver's licenses and maintaining clean driving records with comprehensive DMV drive test prep courses and defense driving classes. With an intimate understanding of the unique challenges facing Oregonian motorists, ODEC also offers an Xtreme Driver Control course that focuses on navigating vehicles through rain, ice, and throngs of rabid snowmen. Additionally, the center's specialty courses teach precautionary practices to medically at-risk drivers.
Opening Covington Cellars was a natural step for David and Cindy Lawson—he loved home winemaking, she loved pushing the boundaries of her home kitchen. Eventually, they decided to turn their hobbies into something larger. David enrolled at UC Davis to study enology (the study of seminal winemaker Brian Eno) while Cindy expanded her knowledge of cooking and wine at culinary schools around the country. Today, the two oversee a diverse line of wines and a locally sourced, seasonal menu to match. They also share their enthusiasm with visitors during winemaking events, tours, dinners, and bottle-smashing parties.
The chefs at Masala rain Indian and Nepali seasonings down upon succulent meats slow-cooked inside a tandoor clay oven and simmered veggies flooded with sauce. Divided into two, Masala’s menu features Indian favorites such as curries, skewered lamb cubes, and 13 types of Indian bread, including hand-stretched garlic naan, as well as Nepali dishes such as mo-mo cha steamed dumplings filled with veggies or chicken. Within the eatery’s yellow-hued walls, a full bar cohabitates with a daily lunch buffet, which arranges tasty eats in a row, like a police lineup of the California Raisins.
One of PYB's apprenticeship programs trains young adults ages 17–24 in green residential construction, providing hands-on experience and a path to an emerging vocation. During the course of a year of training, students build up to four affordable, energy-efficient homes that will be sold to low-income families. Trainees glean valuable experience with all aspects of the construction process, including pouring foundations, framing walls and roofs, and finishing interiors. Part of PYB's comprehensive support includes providing construction tools and other necessary equipment to students who cannot afford to purchase them.
Understanding that each child learns differently, the staff members of Sylvan Learning’s numerous study centers design custom lesson programs. Based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews, the staff works with students to help them to firmly grasp basic skills such as reading, writing, math, and how to remember facts without tattooing them to their chest. Programs target students in kindergarten through grade 12 and mold to various learning styles, helping kids to feel more comfortable in the classroom. After-school or summer classes can ready high-school students for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college admissions officers with their superior writing skills, exemplary test scores, and willingness to arm-wrestle the school mascot.
Per its name, OpenSesame, unlocks the secrets of diverse disciplines through more than 20,000 online trainings. Crafted by online training innovators such as FranklinCovey and MindLeaders, the sessions span more than 200 subjects. Some illuminate business-industry basics, such as accounting, marketing and standing out from other job applicants without turning your resume into an interpretive dance. Others focus on health care, or introducing software such as iMovie, Dreamweaver and Microsoft Office. Thanks to the tutorials’ flexible online formats, students can learn on their own schedule; after purchasing their training, they have a year to launch it, and another year to complete it.